Tips For Eating Healthy While On Vacation
For many people, one of the hardest things to do while on vacation is to eat healthy. If you are looking to avoid unhealthy eating for your upcoming trip, here are some tips you can take with you on the road.
Pack or Shop for Your Own Healthy Snacks
Pack up your healthy snacks and take them with you on the road. Not only will this save you calories, but it will also more than likely save you money. Instead of purchasing snacks along the way, you can munch on fresh fruit, granola bars, cut up veggies and whatever else you decide to pack. If you are traveling to your destination by plane, you can still benefit from healthy snacks. You can make a quick trip to a grocery store once you arrive or you can order groceries ahead of time from a local store and have them delivered right to your hotel room.
Make Your Own Meals
If you enjoy cooking and don't mind making meals while you are on vacation, this is another way to keep your food healthy. There are many options today from hotels to other types of rentals that have kitchens. Again, you can shop for and pack food to take along or find a grocery store once you arrive. If choosing this option, you should plan ahead of time what your meals will be to ensure you shop for everything you will need. Keep your meals simple and choose ones that rely of small amounts of ingredients.
If you are staying at a hotel that offers a free breakfast, be careful in your dining selections. Most places offer fresh fruit, yogurt and some type of fiber-rich cereal which are all good choices. Try to avoid high-calorie bagels, fatty danishes, donuts, pastries, etc. Starting the day off right will help you to make better choices throughout the day.
A great option is to eat breakfast in your room. Bring along a cooler if your room does not have a refrigerator. You can store milk and yogurt in it for breakfast. Healthy cereals and granola bars are other great options.
Tips for Eating Out
Eating out can be a challenge, but knowing what to look and ask for can make it easier. Check the menu for healthy options. Steamed, grilled and broiled are usually safe bets. Try to avoid battered and deep-fried food as well as food covered in sauces. A great option is to ask your server if you can order a smaller portion. Splitting entrees is another way to keep calories down. If the appetizers look healthy, order one as your meal with a side salad.
When you are full, stop eating. This is hard for some people who feel they need to clean their plate. Instead, ask your server to pack up your leftovers. They can make a great lunch for the next day.
Finally, skip the dessert or make wise dessert choices. Many restaurants offer fruit plates as an option. If you must indulge, pick one dessert for the table to share or ask for the kid's portion.
Remember, it is OK to give into some food temptations while you are on vacation. Allow yourself to pick and choose a few things you normally might not eat. This will keep you happy and satisfied.
This post was included in the May edition of Green Days And Adventures Blog Carnival.